The man accused of “violently kidnapping” billionaire heiress Eliza Fletcher while she was jogging in the early hours of September 2 has been described by neighbors as a “creeper” and a “pervert”.
Authorities in Memphis announced Sunday that Cleotha Abston, 38, has been charged with particularly aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering following Fletcher’s disappearance.
A neighbor exclusively told DailyMail.com that Abston routinely offered women money for sex and stalked others while hanging around the apartment complex where his brother lived.
His arrest comes just over two years after he was released from prison on kidnapping charges. Abston was serving a 20-year sentence in May 2000 for the kidnapping and robbery of Memphis attorney Kemper Durand.
On Saturday, Memphis police boarded a low-income apartment complex called Longview Gardens and stayed all night to collect three bags of evidence from an apartment where the suspect’s brother, Mario, lives.
Cleotha Abston, 38, was charged with particularly aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering following Fletcher’s disappearance on Friday
Police also retrieved a green dumpster from outside, neighbors told DailyMail.com.
At the time of writing, Fletcher, 34, wife and mother of two, remains missing.
A neighbor, April, told DailyMail.com that she also saw police take the brother into custody on Saturday afternoon and then worked until dawn to search the complex. They returned later on Sunday.
At 2:00 p.m., several police cars were parked outside. Daily Mail.com witnessed investigators photographing a brown mark near a curb and searching debris under the dumpster they removed.
April said she had seen Abton at his brother’s flat almost every day for the past few months.
She described him as a “pervert” who once snuck up behind her and offered her sex. He did the same to other women in the complex, sometimes sitting in his black SUV and staring at women walking by or sitting on stairs.
“If women were around, he would sit in the truck and stare,” April said.
“He was a weird pervert,” she added. “He watched me get onto the porch, then came up the stairs behind me and said, ‘I’ll give you $100 to fuck,'” she recalled of a chilling encounter with the suspect last winter.
“You think I’m an asshole who needs your money?” she said she answered him.
“It’s not like that,” she said, he answered. “I just want to have some fun.”
“He approached at least two other girls here with the same line and offered money for sex,” she said.
Abton admitted to her that he had spent 20 years in prison.
Missing mother Eliza Fletcher with her husband Richie and their two children
Another resident posted this photo showing members of the Memphis Police Department’s SWAT team preparing to raid the complex in search of Eliza Fletcher
April said she last saw Cleotha on Thursday, the day before Fletcher was kidnapped.
Another neighbor, Latoya, 35, said the suspect also proposed to her and her 20-year-old niece earlier this year. “He kept waving me over and was like. “I have $100,” Latoya told DailyMail.com.
“He also tried to get my niece, tried to get her to come to the apartment with him,” she said. “As far as I know, nobody here has sex with him,” she said. “He’s creepy, he’s really creepy.”
At around 2 a.m. on May 25, 2000, Abston Durand approached from the back of Beale Street in Memphis, robbed him, and forced him into the trunk of his car, according to the Memphis Flyer.
Abston was serving a 20-year sentence in May 2000 for the kidnapping and robbery of Memphis attorney Kemper Durand. He was released in July 2020
Abton then drove Durand around for several hours, then forced him into an ATM and told him to withdraw cash. Durand spotted a housing officer in the ATM and yelled for help, causing Abston to flee.
Abston was convicted of that kidnapping and was released from prison in July 2020, according to the Tennessee Department of Justice.
April said Mario, 36, who was taken into custody on Saturday and had not returned as of late Sunday afternoon, had problems of his own.
Online records show Mario is facing two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
“They are blood brothers from the same mother,” she said.
She said Mario’s wife overdosed while she was in bed with him last year and that she witnessed the aftermath.
“Mario’s wife died in the same bed, and Mario is definitely going through something himself,” she said.
His wife Nikita Dixon died in March 2021 at the age of 31. Mario acknowledged her anniversary last August 14 on Instagram.
He wrote, “Had a birthday got married and given me a baby same day bae bae you are the truth happy anniversary happy birthday in heaven long live u Nakita Abston.”
Mario is an aspiring rapper nicknamed Yola Bizza.
Cops have released a picture of Fletcher, a mother of two, in running gear just before she was kidnapped
At the time of writing, Eliza Fletcher, the wife and mother of two, remains missing
In addition to surveillance footage showing the entire “violent” kidnapping, in which Fletcher was forced into a black SUV with a broken taillight, an affidavit showed that police identified Abston using a pair of sandals he left at the scene as the identified kidnapper.
Abton lost the sandals – a pair of Champion mules – in his fight to force Fletcher into the car and authorities were able to return his DNA found on them.
Investigators also determined that at the time of Fletcher’s abduction, Abston’s cell was near where he was kidnapped. The affidavit described an interview with a woman who said Abston’s behavior in the hours after the abduction was “strange.”
The woman said Abston was in a “strange mood” and she saw him frantically cleaning the interior of his car with carpet cleaner and washing his clothes in the sink at his home.
Authorities went to Abston’s last known address and found the same black SUV with the damaged taillight. The affidavit said that Abston was in the doorway when police arrived and that he began to flee but was soon arrested.
Not long after the apartment complex raid, police were seen searching dumpsters outside a McDonald’s restaurant along South Perkins Street in the city
Abston still hasn’t said where Fletcher is or what he did to her. The affidavit said evidence, including blood, found in Abston’s car led them to believe Fletcher had suffered a “serious injury”.
“The investigation into the kidnapping of Eliza Fletcher is still active and ongoing. Investigators are continuing the search and are following all leads,” police said in a statement Sunday after announcing Abston’s arrest.
Police were also seen searching dumpsters outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Memphis on Saturday night looking for the kindergarten teacher and mother.
A resident of the McDonald’s area told KWAM, “They were knocking on front doors with cameras to see if we had anything helpful on our ring.
“They told us to review our footage from 4:30 to 6:30 yesterday and send them anything of value via a phone number they left with us.”
Shortly before this search, police searched an apartment complex where they were involved in a standoff with one person in a unit. It is unclear if this was Abston’s home.
A resident of the complex posted a photo showing members of the Memphis Police Department’s SWAT team preparing for Saturday night’s raid and said police were in a standoff with one person in the home. According to witnesses, officers kicked in the door of an apartment and took out a woman, her daughter and a baby.
Following the discovery of the car, Fletcher’s family, her father Beasley, her mother Adele, her brother Gill and her husband, along with their attorney Mike Keeney, appeared on camera.
In the statement, Keeney thanked law enforcement for their search efforts, stating, “We believe someone knows what happened and can help.” At that station, Fletcher’s husband was overcome with emotion.
On Friday, police raided a park near where a wealthy heiress was kidnapped and forced into a vehicle as they searched for clues in the baffling case.
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